UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Turkey has made a deal to buy a Russian air defense system despite the reservations of its NATO allies.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Sept. 12 that the deal for the S-400 surface to air missile system has been signed and a deposit has been made.
The system is believed to be costing Turkey $2.5 billion.
Erdogan also said, “Nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish Republic’s independence principles or independent decisions about its defence industry.”
NATO allies have criticized the purchase due to worries the Russian system won’t be compatible with other NATO air defense systems.
The deal comes as relations deteriorate between Turkey and the United States and Europe, especially Germany.
However, the deal also shows Russo-Turkish relations have come a long way since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that briefly entered into its airspace in 2015.